The annual Conamara Bog Week kicks off this Friday, May 24 in Letterfrack with the official opening being performed by Dr Brendan Dunford of the Burrenbeo Trust.
That will take place in Letterfrack Church and will be followed by a Mol an Óige Concert. The weekend will also feature an art exhibition in Connemara National Park featuring the work of locally based artists Rosie McGurran and Gavin Lavelle; an intergenerational concert; music workshops; a fun run; a turf warrior event in conjunction with Killary Adventure Company and a Family Fun Day Sports Day.
Throughout the weekend, there will be top traditional music with some of Ireland’s finest players – Michelle Mulcahy, The Kane Sisters, Marie Walsh, Mary Bergin, Johnny Connolly, Johnny O’Halloran, Marcus Hernon, Gerry Whelan and more.
The festivities will also run throughout the June Bank Holiday weekend, with a series of environmental and arts events taking place. These will include two guided walks with two eminent ecologists Mags Flaherty and Sinead Keane; sean-nós and Canadian Clog dancing with Gearóid Devaney and Nathan Pilatzke; The Monastery Hostel Gig with emerging singer/songwriters Sabrina Dinan and Ultan Conlon.
A special feature of the weekend will be the afternoon concerts taking place in the new church at Kylemore Abbey.
On Saturday, June 1 at 4.00pm the line-up will feature Benedictine nun, Sr Karol and her choir with guest harpist Laoise Kelly, accordionist Mirella Murray and talented young harpist/singer Seamus Flaherty. On Sunday afternoon it will be the turn of Josephine Marsh Band featuring Declan Corey on mandolin, Tommy Carew guitar/vocals and Paul O’Driscoll on double bass.
The art exhibition will continue in Connemara National Park throughout the festival, while there will also be a series of talks and the popular Schools Programme with ecologists Gordon Darcy, Mags Flaherty and Michael Jacob.
There will be a cycling event on Wednesday next, May 29, while those who want a more leisurely ramble through the landscape can take part in one of two guided Parish Walks on Sunday, June 2 at 2.30pm, meeting in the Connemara National Park (Mags Flaherty) and at Renvyle Castle (ecologist and herbalist Sinead Keane).
Bog Week will run from this Friday, May 24 to Monday, June 3. More information at www.ceecc.org email@example.com 095 43443 / 085 1154629.
Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer
Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.
She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.
Maeve is involved with Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.
She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.
“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.
“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”
Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death
Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.
In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.
Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.
Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry
Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.
Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.
Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.
His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.
He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.
He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.
According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’
He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.
Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie